Upholding values abroad: Europe’s balancing act in Egypt

Source: European Council on Foreign Relations

Author(s): Kelly Petillo

Original Link:  https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_upholding_values_abroad_europes_balancing_act_in_egypt

The plight of Egyptian student George Zaki has stirred concern in his temporary home of Italy and elsewhere in Europe. Zaki was arrested and allegedly tortured at Cairo airport on 7 February upon his return from Bologna where he had been studying. He has now been detained on a variety of charges, ranging from publishing rumours and fake news to inciting terrorism. His lawyers and independent activists argue the claims are baseless and say that Zaki has really been arrested for his human rights work. They now fear that he could now be detained indefinitely – a fate meted out to other activists in Egypt.

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